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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Running, running, running

Yes, my smart dog even out runs me on the treadmill! Whenever we are near the treadmill, she hops on and barks until I turn it on for her. She is doing about 2 miles each day now at 3 mph. This will come in handy with the bad weather just around the corner, eh?

OK - I have an excuse! I am still recovering from pneumonia, then bronchitis, then a bad case of the blues. I think it's because I haven't been able to sew for so long. Today I am going to remedy that! I'm going to try to finish up the bias strips and circles for my Hard Times quilt that is nearing completion. Pictures to follow after thanksgiving.

As promised, oh so long ago, here are the pictures from Dwayne and Su Bunch from Piecemakers in Yukon Ok. The pictures on their website are ever so much better, and if you like them a lot, there are even kits you can purchase to make your own. Aren't they great?

Hubby and I will have a quiet dinner together of turkey and all the fixings on Thursday. Then all the kids and grandkids will be over for desserts later in the evening. A nice quiet day to watch movies or sew or read - maybe all three! I hope you all have a safe and wonderful holiday!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

More quilts!

First place Mixed Technique - Sue Wilson - What's interesting here is that the elephants came to her from Sri Lanka after having seen an ad in Quilter's Newsletter asking for assistance to aid the women of Sri Lanka. In return for a donation, she received the elephants, which she then appliqued and added more embroidery - and designed that wonderful border treatment!

Another Shadow Daisy - I really like the simple applique border

First Place Hand Applique Jan Lally's Animals on Parade

This was a block of the month, but she chose to make hers in 30's reproductions.

A simple snowball makes a smashing quilt!

Our President, Elly Grya's quilt She says: "It was my Granny's "petals", I designed the quilt and quilting...Mom and I put it all together and then I did the hand quilting (my first hand quilting project). It is a near and dear quilt to me because of the history and memories."

This is the first place winner in the quilt challenge. It was to be a quilt using a specific pattern (MO star), and to portray what you love about the state - Missouri.

Love the distorted star here

Some of the flowers in the state

Great use of the outline of the state of Missouri over all the things she loves.

Beautiful Christmas quilt

Baskets, but look at the quilting

Nice designs in the plain blocks

I love the village going around the outside edges

Another Topsy turvey - Joan didn't recognize that hers didn't look quite like the others until she had it to the quilters! LOL! I think I like her setting better, don't you?

I like this graphic design from simple shapes.

Great way to use that black and white and red scraps!

My Happy Jacks Pumpkin Patch (you can't see the liberated letters because it wasn't hung)

A group project (done in panels)

Double click on this picture for better detail of Klonda's thread painting - it's terrific!

Me and Amitie Fleurs (Friendship Flowers) second place Hand Applique

Close up of the hand quilting

Joy - Best Hand Quilting (mine!)

Phenomenal Woman - third place Art Quilt (mine)

And wasn't I the good girl? We had great vendors, and this is all I brought home. 5 packages of Presentia thread, and a couple of bags from our boutique. I LOVE the carry on bag - and what's better is that I didn't have to make it! I didn't show the 24 yards of jumbo rick rack that I found for only $1.00 per yard, but you will see it in the binding of the next quilt of mine that will be coming back from the quilter (sometime later this year).

Next post will be the beautiful quilts from our meeting's trunk show from Su and Dwayne Bunch, Piecemakers of Yukon, Oklahoma.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Quilt Show!!!

My local guild, the Lee's Summit Quilter's Guild, had their show this past weekend. I worked 14 hours of it, and I am one tired puppy. I can't imagine how many hours and how tired the committee people must be! They did a marvelous job!

It was a lovely show, but I just couldn't get pictures of all of them. The ones I am showing are no lovelier than any others; I could just get the best angle for the pictures. Most of them have something about them that I want to remember - either the quilting, or the color, or a certain shape....

I will post more tomorrow - just about as many. We had about 175 quilts total, as well as vendors. What made me smile was the two ladies who came both days because there was too much to see! We even had a male boy scout who had come to the church for a meeting, and wanted to see the quilts too, when he discovered the show was in the next room!

I will state up front that my notes are a mess, and it's difficult to read everyone's names, and what ribbons they won. Everyone deserves the recognition and I will work on that, but I definitely wanted to get the quilts out here for you to see!

I didn't win any first place ribbons - the competition was tough! I entered five quilts, and I won:

Here are some of the quilts!!!
Klonda Holt - First Place Art Quilt (the label was a cute machine embroidered zebra)

Her grandson Ethan had asked for a triangle quilt.

The pieces of this quilt was from her grandmother's and mother's scrap bags.

Hubby's story quilt called Garden Gremlins. It won second place in Mixed Techniques

Interesting use of pre-printed panels, and great quilting in the negative spaces.

Jane Kennedy's Moonlight and Maples won third in the pieced category

My Amitie Fleurs (Friendship Flowers) took second place in Hand Applique

First Place applique, Art Nouveau flowers, Jan Lally

Klonda Holt's Poco Loco -First place machine quilting (Beth Kurzava), Viewer's Choice Best of Show, I think it has another ribbon too. Will check on this.

This stained glass quilt was hanging just perfectly so the sun was hitting it. It looked so REAL!! First place in Machine applique

Topsy Turvey Nine Patch from a class taught by Judy Laquidara. There will be more variations on this later on.

Fun colors

Pink version of our Opportunity Quilt - Primitive Garden

Postage stamp squares and an interesting pillow roll.

I love these sharp angles.

More tomorrow........................